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Editor......Joe R. Price
In this issue:
Meeting September 08 -12, 2017
The Gospel Plan of
Salvation by Steven J. Wallace
A Gospel Meeting
Gospel Meeting September 08 - 12, 2017
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If I Were Satan's Minister
Called Out of Darkness Into Light
Revealing God's Plan for Salvation
Now That I Am A Christian
Black and White Discernment
The King's Banquet
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The Gospel Plan of Salvation
Steven J. Wallace
Have you obeyed the
gospel? Is the gospel to be obeyed and if so, what is required? We know the
gospel is to be obeyed because Paul said of our Lord’s second coming, “in
flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who
do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:8).
Further, the apostle Peter asks, “For the time has come for judgment to
begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the
end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Pet. 4:17).
With such doom facing those who do not obey the gospel, it must be clear
what man must do to be saved. The New Testament teaches five things which
must be done to be saved. Sometimes Christians are ridiculed as
“five-steppers.” But which step shall we eliminate? Shall we delete the need
1. Hear? Jesus condemned some for not understanding because they were
not listening. “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not
able to listen to My word” (Jn. 8:43).
If people are not willing to genuinely hear, then they cannot understand. At
the same time, faith is subject to hearing (Rom. 10:17).
2. Believe? The truth is something that is worthy of and requires belief.
Jesus asked in John 8:46,
“Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not
believe Me?” John stated, “And he who has seen has testified, and his
testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you
may believe” (Jn. 19:35).
It is imperative to accept the truth when we are given it. We are not
entitled to have another chance to receive it. Paul said of the Ephesians,
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of
your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy
Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13).
Rejecting the truth about Jesus is dangerous to the soul and will cause one
to die in their sins (Jn. 8:24).
3. Repentance? Repentance toward God is having a change of mind that
leads to a change of action to please Him. Repentance is seen in our
actions. For example, Paul describes such when he taught that the thief was
to steal no more and work with his hands what is good while having a
willingness to share with one in need (see Eph. 4:28).
The one who repents will stop speaking corrupt words and replace those with
words that edify (Eph. 4:29).
How essential is it for sinners to repent? Paul explained to some in Athens
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men
everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge
the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given
assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30,
31). Men everywhere have been urged to repent, from the Jews who heard the
apostles to the Gentiles (Acts 2:38;
4. Confession? Must Christ be confessed? Paul taught the Romans in
Romans 10:9, 10: "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation.” We see that we are to confess the
“Lord Jesus” and that such is for salvation. What does it mean to confess
the lordship of Jesus? We must first recognize that He rose from the
dead—such an act shows that He is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4). When Thomas
realized that Jesus had in fact risen from the grave, he confessed that
Jesus was his Lord and God (Jn. 20:28).
Therefore, confessing “the Lord Jesus” is to confess that Jesus is the Son
of God and that He is our Lord and Master. The Ethiopian Treasurer
made the confession in Acts 8:37,
“I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
5. Baptism? The gospel plan of salvation requires a person to be
baptized (immersed) in water for salvation. This is what God requires
despite the fact that many have tried to cut this step off. As the other
things mentioned above are spoken as being needed for salvation, so baptism
is. After talking about Noah’s salvation through water, Peter observed,
“There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God),
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 3:21).
That this is not Holy Spirit baptism is self-evident. What would a spiritual baptism
have to do with Noah’s flood waters or with the parenthetical explanation,
not the removal of the filth of the flesh? No one would confuse Spirit
baptism and the washing away dirt from the body, as such a baptism never had
a drop of water in it (cf. Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-48). Further, Holy Spirit
baptism was never commanded or performed by any apostle. Water baptism was
commanded and administered by man (Acts 8:36,
38, 39; 10:47).
Such would warrant the clarification that Peter gave in 1 Peter 3:21.
Paul, like Peter in 1 Peter 3:21,
places baptism as the link to connect with grace. “Buried with Him in
baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working
of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Col. 2:12;
cf. Rom. 6:3-6). To bury something shows that something died, and every
burial is significant because every death is. For the Christian, the old man
of sin had been crucified and buried. That is a major component of
“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of
sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
For he who has died has been freed from sin” (Rom. 6:6, 7, emp.
Equally important is that a new man rises with Christ from the watery grave
to walk in newness of life. Baptism is therefore shown from the Scriptures
to be the meeting place of grace and faith. This is no doubt why the Lord
stated that belief and baptism were both needed to be saved (Mk. 16:16).
Have you obeyed the gospel? If not, you need to, otherwise, your future
outlook is filled with a fiery vengeance from heaven. If you have obeyed the
gospel, are you faithful to Christ and working as a member of His church
which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28)?
A Gospel Meeting
Joe R. Price
ourselves together (Heb. 10:25).
hear God’s word (Acts 10:33).
to grow in Christ (1 Pet. 2:1-2).
of the gospel (Rom. 1:16).
word (2 Tim. 4:2).
saints with the gospel (Acts 20:32).
Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2).
things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5).
works of darkness (Eph. 5:11).
faith (Heb. 10:36-39).
to be holy (1 Pet. 1:13-17).
in prayer (1 Tim. 2:1).
Now is the
day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).
Go and teach
all nations (Matt. 28:19).
The Mt. Baker church of Christ welcomes you to our gospel meeting, and
invites you to join us for Bible study as we learn God’s will for our lives
(2 Tim. 2:15;
2 Cor. 13:5). One goal of our gospel meeting is for each person to hear the
word of God. Personal faith is produced and salvation is received by hearing
the Bible, believing it and obeying it (Rom. 10:17;
We welcome your Bible questions, and we will gladly study more of God’s word
with you if that is your wish. We want to live by faith, and we want that
for you, too. We live by faith in Christ by following God’s word in all we
say and do (Jas. 1:21-25; Col. 3:17;
Gal. 3:26-27). Thank you for visiting our gospel meeting.
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